Welcome Mat: One weekend, two events in Detroit’s Boston-Edison
The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host two environmental programs in August, one about attracting bees and butterflies to your yard and another about nature journaling. The Bees and Butterflies session will run from 11-12:30 Aug. 6 and include information about different species. The nature journaling class will be from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6; supplies is included. Both workshop are free for museum members; for nonmembers, it’s $5 for adults and $3 for kids. To register for either class, go to the program page at rochesterhills.org/musprograms or call (248) 656-4663. The Rochester Hills Museum is at 1005 Van Hoosen Road.
One weekend, two events in Detroit’s Boston-Edison
Detroit’s Historic-Boston Edison will hit all the right notes at its annual “Music in Homes” jazz party at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. This year’s party will feature the Zamar Jazz Band, a Detroit band with Latin, rock and fusion aspects. Tickets are $45 and include the concert, food and drinks in a historic Boston-Edison home. Go to historicbostonedison.org. For more information, contact Music Director Michelle May at 313-865-1149 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Boston-Edison also is holding its annual Attic Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6-7. Spread out over the neighborhood’s 36 blocks, the sale will include antiques, furniture, books, appliances, tools, paintings and more. Go to facebook.com/HistoricBostonEdisonDetroit or call (313) 883-4360.
Local teacher launches
campaign to finish tiny house
Jaime Bellos, a Center Line High School teacher, has big dreams. He hopes one day create a neighborhood of tiny homes in Detroit. But first, he wants to finish a tiny house he started last year with his students. Bellos already has the outside structure complete but needs to finish the interior. He’s launched a crowd-funding campaign to finish the job (go to patronicity.com and search for “Tiny House Experience Detroit.”) Bellos, who hopes to eventually raffle off the finished house and donate the money to a veterans’ group, says he won’t be able to finish the house without more support. The Patronicity campaign ends July 29.
Bike or bus on Detroit Urban
Gardens & Farms tour
Interested in the farm to table movement? On Aug. 3, Keep Growing Detroit will offer bus and bike tours to allow people to get a view of the routes Detroit-grown food takes and to learn about the deep roots of the urban agriculture community. All tours will leave from Eastern Market Shed 3, east of Russell Street. Check-in begins at 5 p.m.; tours leave at 6 p.m. sharp. A reception after the tour offers food – including Grown in Detroit produce – prepared by some of Detroit’s best local chefs. A “Good Food Bazaar,” an interactive space, is designed to show how to become active volunteers, consumers and supporters of the good food momentum in the city. Early registration is strongly recommended. Go to detroitagriculture.net or call 313-757-2635. The fee for the tour, paid when you register, is a sliding scale of $15-$100 to offset the cost of producing the event, valued at $50 a person.